farmers-museum.JPGPart of Food & Farm Film Series Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Farmers' Museum Food and Farm Film Series will screen Vanishing of the Bees, on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fenimore Art Museum's auditorium.  Admission is free.  The film tells the story of the decreasing honeybee population and explains how America's commercial beekeepers are dealing with this alarming problem.  Immediately following the film, a panel discussion will feature local beekeeper Paul Lord, Ellen Pope (Executive Director of Otsego 2000), and Garet Livermore (Vice President for Education at NYSHA and The Farmers' Museum). Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries, and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Beesfollows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. This documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowingmystery. One more film will be presented as part of the film series - Three Farms (May 14).  Each film is screened in the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Whether you are a backyard gardener or a professional farmer, you'll find these films not only entertaining but educational and inspiring as well. The Food and Farm Film Series is sponsored by The Farmers' Museum and Otsego 2000.



About The Farmers' Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes toplows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: